THR is reporting that Elton John’s biopic, Rocketman, is expected to be rated R because of the explicit scenes in it.
According to the media house, the musical will include an intimate love scene between Taron Egerton, who plays the English singer, and Richard Madden, who plays John’s former manager and lover.
At the moment, Dexter Fletcher, who directed it, is in the midst of editing the film, which is slated for release in the U.S. on May 31 and in the U.K. on May 24, and produced by John’s husband, David Furnish.
After a Daily Mail story reported that Paramount is pressuring filmmakers to cut at least part of the scene, Fletcher tweeted, “Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!! That’s good! It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumors. It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24. Dx x.”
The biopic/musical. who cost $40m to make, grapples with some challenging themes, “including John’s drug addiction. The movie also includes scenes from the singer’s childhood as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his friendship with writing partner Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) and his acceptance of his sexuality.”
THR adds that “according to one source close to the production, filmmakers and Paramount are in discussions about the love scene, which has the F-word several times and includes brief rear nudity, and someone snorting cocaine.”
Whatever be the case, we can’t wait!